• Afghanistan Feb 20, 2020

    Sit. Study. Fetch a Bachelor's Degree in Dog Training

    Luna the springer spaniel is learning to sniff out a troublesome golf course fungus in return for a tennis ball while helping her handler fetch a new breed of bachelor’s degree. The four-year program in “canine training and management” officially launches this fall at the State University of New York at Cobleskill amid a surge in demand for specially trained...

  • CEO May 18, 2019

    China's Ban on Scrap Imports a Boon to US Recycling Plants

    The halt on China’s imports of wastepaper and plastic that has disrupted U.S. recycling programs has also spurred investment in American plants that process recyclables. U.S. paper mills are expanding capacity to take advantage of a glut of cheap scrap. Some facilities that previously exported plastic or metal to China have retooled so they can process it themselves. And in...

  • NEW YORK Dec 18, 2018

    Good Boy! Service Dog Gets Honorary Diploma

    Whenever Brittany Hawley went to class, her loyal service dog Griffin was there. If she needed her cell phone, Griffin would fetch it. Even when she assisted patients as part of an internship, Griffin was there helping out as well. So it’s only fitting that when Hawley receives her master’s degree in occupational therapy from Clarkson University next month, Griffin...

  • NEW YORK Aug 23, 2018

    John Lennon's Killer Denied Parole for 10th Time

    John Lennon’s killer has been denied parole for a 10th time and will remain behind bars for at least two more years. Mark David Chapman appeared before New York’s parole board on Wednesday. In a denial decision obtained by The Associated Press Thursday, the board said it had determined Chapman’s release “would be incompatible with the welfare and safety of...

  • Donald Trump Jul 17, 2017

    Hunters' Discarded Lead Ammo Threatens US Bald Eagles

    Bald eagles have made a remarkable recovery across the United States since the pesticide DDT was banned 45 years ago, but the majestic birds are still dying from another environmental poison: lead from bullets and shotgun pellets in wildlife carcasses left behind by hunters. In New York, which has been a leader in the bald eagle restoration in the Northeast...

  • Facebook May 12, 2017

    Couple to Wed After Losing Nearly 600 Pounds Together

    Frustrated with his ever-growing weight that peaked at 675 pounds, Ronnie Brower began dieting and working out on his way to losing an astounding 458 pounds. His four-year fitness journey, chronicled on Facebook, earned him the admiration of a woman at his gym who similarly was trying to lose a lot of weight. Brower and that admirer, Andrea Masella, formed...

  • NEW YORK Apr 22, 2017

    Parole Denied for Brinks Heist Getaway Driver Judith Clark of the Weather Underground

    A former Weather Underground radical who drove a getaway car in a bungled 1981 Brinks armored-car robbery that left three people dead was denied parole on Friday despite the fact Gov. Andrew Cuomo praised her behavior as a prisoner when he commuted her sentence last year....
    Judith Clark has served 35 years of a 75-years-to-life sentence for the suburban New York...

  • spokesman Feb 20, 2017

    ‘It's Just Not Right': NY Law Would Toughen Penalties for Harming Pets During Crimes

    Denise Krohn hopes to gain some measure of justice by making her slain pets, Kirby and Quigley, the poster pups for New York state legislation that would make it a felony to harm a companion animal, even by accident, during the commission of a crime. Conviction would be punishable by a $5,000 fine and two years behind bars on top...

  • NEW YORK Feb 16, 2017

    10 Snowmobilers Die in Thinly Frozen Lakes in Mild Northeast

    Ten snowmobilers have died in thinly frozen lakes across the Northeast so far in a relatively mild winter. Most of the accidents happened in New York state, where officials warned that, despite recent snowfalls, many lakes have not had enough cold days to develop ice thick enough for riding. “There is more unsafe ice this winter,” said Col. Andrew Jacob...

  • NEW YORK Jan 31, 2017

    Donors Come Forward Nationwide to Erase School Lunch Debts

    Ashley C. Ford felt driven to act by a sad fact of life in the nation’s school cafeterias: Kids with unpaid lunch accounts are often embarrassed with a substitute meal of a cold cheese sandwich and a carton of milk. Ford, a New York City writer, appealed to her 66,000 Twitter followers with a solution. “A cool thing you can...

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